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April 2 Overwatch hero pools ban Mercy and others from rotation

Published: 2/Apr/2020 19:47

by Michael Gwilliam


The fifth week of Overwatch hero pools have arrived, and Mercy players will not be happy with the new bans.

After week four saw a whopping six heroes banned, including four damage characters, this week will see the least amount of heroes out of rotation, yet.

Aside from Mercy being the lone support banned, on the tank side of things, Wrecking Ball won’t be playable until April 7. Finally, everyone’s favorite archer, Hanzo, won’t be seeing any play time.

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Ball won’t be knocking you around this week.

With Mercy removed and the hitscan DPS of Widowmaker, McCree and Soldier back in battle, it will be interesting to see how effective they are, as the support will not be available to damage boost their attacks.

Additionally, while Pharah dominated games last week, she could struggle immensely now. Her Experimental Mode buffs have not yet gone live in competitive, which means that players will need to continue to rely on landing direct hits consistently for the time being.

No Mercy means no “Pharmercy” combo, so players may want to take a step back from playing the rocket queen until Mercy is back and the Experimental Mode buffs go through.

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Mercy. Wrecking Ball and Hanzo are out of rotation.

On the flip side, no Wrecking Ball means that in situations where tank players need to stall out an objective, their best bet would be to swap onto either a D.va or Winston.

That said, on maps like Temple of Anubis, an emergency Reinhardt swap could get more value just because of the trade potential of the Charge ability.

Hanzo being banned will mean there’s one less instant-kill character available, but overall, his removal from rotation should probably have little effect on your matches – unless you are a Hanzo main, or rely overly on the Graviton Surge Dragonstrike combo.

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Bad news, Hanzo mains.

Fans are looking forward to seeing what week six of hero pools has in store, as Game Director Jeff Kaplan did go on record saying that for the first five weeks they would be “trying a range to see what feel right.”

Kaplan also suggested that hero pools would be moved to a daily format in the future, so it’s also possible that the weekly pools are sidelined in the future update.


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

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Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.